UNESCO World Heritage Site, Ha Long Bay, is nothing short of a unique destination from which to visit during a cruise in Asia. One of the most popular destinations within Vietnam, Ha Long Bay is famous for its many lush limestone archipelagos, perfect for exploring up close on kayaks or admiring from a distance. Ha Long Bay is known for its tour boat rides, which includes cave tours, fishing village tours, and plenty of scenic viewing. Many travelers also take a trek to Hanoi, which is about a 3 to 4-hour drive from Ha Long Bay. Though a bit of a distance (approximately a 2-hour-and-40-minute drive, depending on traffic), Hanoi is filled with many popular attractions that you can check off your bucket list!
A great time to visit Ha Long Bay is between October and December to enjoy the best weather.
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Becoming more and more popular, a river cruise is an immerse and destination-focused vacation experience, on a small and luxurious vessel.
River cruises sail through the inland waterways of some of the world's most interesting vacation destinations (i.e. Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and North America), and provide their guests with a greater opportunity to spend time visiting more unique ports of call than a traditional cruise typically would.
Because the destination is the star of a river cruise, (typically guided) shore excursions are included at no additional charge by many River cruise lines. There are usually many interesting lectures given during the cruise, by experts on the history and culture of the region being visited.
Among the famous rivers that one may take a river cruise on are the Rhine, Mississippi, Seine, Danube, Mekong, Nile, Yangtze, Amazon and Douro.
These cruise lines fit (quality and, usually, price-wise) somewhere in between Premium and Luxury cruise lines.
A country club casual atmosphere can be expected on these lines, as can be elegant accommodations and gourmet cuisine. These cruise lines are a great option for adults looking for a upscale, yet laid back, vacation.
Unique itineraries are often available on these cruise lines, as their small-to-mid-sized ships can visit ports of call that large ones can't get to.
The pricing on Azamara Club Cruises includes select beverages and pre-paid gratuities, while the pricing of Viking Ocean Cruises includes shore excursions and select beverages.
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On a luxury cruise line, guests experience highly personalized service, a more intimate (and usually formal) onboard experience, gourmet cuisine, well-appointed accommodations, and fantastic amenities. Many of these brands have smaller ships, allowing them to reach ports of call that the larger ships can't, which results in unique itineraries.
All of these brands feature a version of all-inclusive pricing, and some of them have ships with all-suite accommodations. Although these cruise lines are usually more expensive than the rest, they also provide their guests with so much more, resulting in a fantastic value when considering all that's included.
These cruise lines offer a truly unique vacation experience, with a wide range of possible amenities and itineraries. Some are expedition cruise lines, others have sailing yachts or are coastal ships.
On these types of cruise lines, there's usually a focus on a specific destination or theme. Itineraries are usually very destination intensive, aided by the fact that they're able to reach many ports of call that larger ships can't.
Expedition cruise lines are a great fit for adventure-seeking travelers, featuring exciting destinations like the Galapagos Islands, Antarctica, and the Norwegian coast. During the cruise, there will usually be plenty of interesting lectures given by experts on the destination being visited. Often, shore excursions are included in the cost of the cruise. In fact, some of these cruise lines have all-inclusive pricing. There's a definite focus on the ship's surrounding scenery, as well as opportunities to view wildlife in their natural habitat. Small, but comfortable, ships are commonplace here, with anywhere from basic to very luxurious public spaces, cuisine, and accommodations (depending on the cruise line and ship).
Sailing Yachts, sail-assisted motor ships, offer a really unique vacation experience. Accommodations and cuisine on these intimate vessels can be anywhere from good to fantastic, depending on the cruise line. Destinations offered by these cruise lines may include the Caribbean, Europe, Panama Canal, Tahiti, and Costa Rica.
These are just a few of the more popular tourist attractions in Ha Long Bay, along with a brief description:
♦ Junk Boat Cruises
The absolute best way to make the most of your time in Ha Long Bay is to take a boat cruise to experience its many islets, caves, and villages up close. Often called “junk boat” cruises, this is the best way to go island hopping! With almost 2,000 isles to choose from, you’ll have the chance to explore some of Ha Long Bay’s most famous islands, as well as some less-traveled ones. Some boat cruises include stops at caves, villages, and/or offer kayaking excursions/lunches, so it is important to do some research before you plan on taking one to ensure you find one that’s right for you. Or, if you’re feeling truly adventurous, you can choose on the spot and see what you get!
As Ha Long Bay is most well known for its geological wonders, it’s no surprise that it is home to many caves! In fact, many travelers choose to visit Ha Long Bay just to experience some once-in-a-lifetime spelunking. While exploring the many caves, you can admire dramatic (sometimes colorful) formations of stalagmites and stalactites, explore many narrow passageways, and even view some ancient stone artifacts. Some of Ha Long Bay’s most popular caves include Trinh Nu Cave, Luon Cave (perfect for kayaking or rowing), Thien Cung Cave, and Sung Sot Cave.
♦ Cat Ba National Park
If you are looking for a great hike and have time, consider checking out the trails in Cat Ba National Park, located on one of the biggest islands of Ha Long Bay. This stunning park features challenging hikes that bring you to peaks and villages, rewarding you with incredible views and the chance to immerse in local culture. Guided hikes are available (and recommended) so that you can learn more about the island’s flora and fauna, culture, and history. Alternatively, you can rent a bicycle and cycle your way through the park. You stand a great chance of seeing native wildlife, including black squirrels, hawks, and deer.
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